Matthew Wiggins


I am an NCTJ qualified journalist with a 2:1 degree in journalism based in the south of England. I possess 100 wpm shorthand and the news writing qualification along with vast experience in sports reporting.

Relevant Experience:

August-September 2010 Trinity Mirror South

Work experience as a sports reporter

  • Contributed ideas and articles to sport sections of all Trinity Mirror South publications.
  • Conducted phone interviews with professional and local sports stars including top golfer Paul Casey.
  • Covered live football matches in the Combined Counties league.
  • Reported on press releases and public emails following up leads where necessary.

September – Present

Creator and author of blog to help journalism students with their studies and job hunt.

  • 1,300 page views to date.
  • Listed on under “Best Journalism Blogs” section.
  • Written specifically for the targeted journalism student readership.

March-April 2009


  • Conducted interviews
  • Reviewed music releases and live shows

August 2008 The Wisden Cricketer Magazine

Two week work experience as an Editorial Assistant

  • Researched facts and statistics for the majority of features and sidebars on Internet.
  • Wrote articles for regulars section of magazine
  • Subbed articles.
  • Received printed by lines in magazine
  • Worked well within a small team

April-May 2007 The River Newspaper: Kingston University


  • Provided copy throughout the paper, including News, Sport and Entertainment articles.
  • Subbed all written copy for style and grammatical errors.
  • Subbed page layout, filling space and reducing widows and orphans.
  • Designed and laid out pages.
  • Proof read printed pages.
  • Worked within a large team.
  • Printed by-lines.
  • Distribution around University campus’

December-January 2006/7 Sportsbeat News Associates

One month work experience as a Reporter:

  • Penned copy of football match reports (both dated and live) match previews, league roundups, news articles and regular items.
  • Conducted telephone interviews.
  • Subbed articles.
  • Research for background information on Internet.
  • Worked well within a small team.
  • Received a number of printed by-lines (including a front page story).

Education and Qualifications:

2010 NCTJ Pre Entry Exams, News Associated Wimbledon

Pass in all elements of course including 100wpm shorthand and news writing.

2004-2007       Kingston University

BA (Hons) Journalism

Upper Second Class Honours

1997-2004       Halliford School

2 A Levels, 2 AS Levels and 7 GCSE’s


  •  Writing: knowledge in news, features, sports and reviews through University course.
  • Subbing: copy and layout experience.
  • Lay­out: extensive knowledge in Quark Express 6.
  • Shorthand: basic understanding to 50 words per minute.
  • Interviewing: phone and face to face.
  • Research skills: library, Internet and primary sources.
  • Willingness to learn: acquired new skills through work experience and University course.
  • Fast and proficient IT: Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Access, E-Mail, and Internet Explorer.  
  • Teamwork: Enjoy working within a team or individually.
  • Communication/Decision making skills: voicing opinions and bringing forward new ideas.
  • Self-motivation/Management: meeting deadlines, working towards achieving degree and setting goals.
  • Dependability: punctual, enthusiastic, conscientious and sensitive to ethical issues.

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